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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Aug 17, 2009 9:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top GD Shows Per 'Leading Tape Collectors' In 1983

what surprised me was the complete absence of any Europe '72 shows, but my guess is that sources from that tour were not in heavy circulation (maybe not in circulation at all) among even serious collectors in 1983; note the absence as well of 5/8/77

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Poster: skies Date: Aug 18, 2009 2:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top GD Shows Per 'Leading Tape Collectors' In 1983

If I had understood in 1971 the GD would come to France in 1972 I would have missed the train for hell awaiting me ,and my whole life would had been happier ...

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Aug 17, 2009 9:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top GD Shows Per 'Leading Tape Collectors' In 1983

I agree about Yerp 72, and strangely enough only one Betty has ever been in circulation from that tour, being the 5-4 Olympia Theater Show in Paris. On the other hand, even as I've drowned myself in 72 shows, the tour was well encapsulated and documented by the LP. It gave a well rounded set list and near perfect performances even if overdubbed. If you put the LP into a time capsule, it would represent as well as you could for the tour.

As for 77, it's always been of interest to me how the band felt about their playing. Despite their usual sense of detached apathy, they surely must have had an inclination about stringing together a good half dozen amazing shows that May. Here, the Betty's are plentiful, with New Haven, Boston, Cornell and Buffalo all circulating. Perhaps it's a latter day phenomenon that accounts for it. I would have said that the respondents were being coy or obscure, but they show a knack for including typical big shows, such as 6-10-73 and 12-31-78.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Aug 17, 2009 10:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top GD Shows Per 'Leading Tape Collectors' In 1983

and 2/14/68 & 5/2/70 as well, and if i recognize rightly, some (other than 5/2/70) that ended up as dicks picks too; overall, it's a pretty interesting selection, even if startingly lacking in certain shows that today are much loved, for whatever reasons, for instance, those May '77 shows you pointed out, and the Fillmore West shows from late Feb. & early March '69 that strat mentions, clearly shows that most everyone recognizes as being at the top

of course, back in '83 one didn't have the LMA or the internet and what we are so fortunate to have available to us now

i think in '83 i had maybe 3 or 4 GD recordings, so if Blair Jackson had of asked me, a mere newb in the trading world, i would have to have said, GAMH from '75, my first tape, which i wore out years and years ago, also not included in the list above, hmmm ...